Floridians have any different vaccine options available to them, from federal sites to county- and state-run locations, and many commercial providers. Some locations don’t even require an appointment anymore.
Residents of Hillsborough County have three different types of government-run vaccine sites available to them -- a federal site, a state-run site, and multiple county-run sites. Each has different eligibility criteria and ways to register. There are also privately run locations at retailers.
Hillsborough County is partnering with the state of Florida in operating a drive-thru vaccination site at Raymond James Stadium. The state-supported site began accepting walk-ups Wednesday March 31.
The vaccination site can be found in Lot 14, located on the northeast side of the stadium off of Himes Avenue. The site opened at Raymond James Stadium on Monday, March 1. It was originally at the University Mall.
Officials said if you're among those due for a second dose:
- You may receive a call may not come from an area code you recognize because the county is working with a call center, don’t expect to see an "813" number. You’re encouraged to answer your calls right now even if you don’t recognize the number.
- Note that you will never be asked about your Social Security number over the phone on an appointment call back.
- In order to get the second dose, you must still have a second appointment.
- Bring your COVID-19 vaccination record card with you and an ID.
How to get an appointment:
- To request an appointment please call 1-866-200-3896 or TTY 1-833-476-1029.
Appointments are now being accepted for first doses of the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccinations to be dispensed the week of April 12 at three Hillsborough County public vaccination sites. This includes a new location: Plant City Stadium, 1810 S. Park Road in Plant City.
Appointments are mandatory. Persons without appointments will not receive a vaccine and will be turned away. Florida residency is required. To make an appointment, go to the CDR Health Pro portal at patientportalfl.com.
Vaccine eligibility statewide has expanded to all Floridians as prescribed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Sites run by Hillsborough County dispense only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which can be given to individuals 16 years of age and older.
The Plant City Stadium location will be a drive-thru site. Individuals will remain in their vehicles throughout the entire process.
In addition to the stadium location, first doses also will be dispensed next week at:
- Ed Radice Sports Complex (drive-thru), 14720 Ed Radice Drive in Tampa
- Vance Vogel Sports Complex (drive-thru), 13012 Bullfrog Creek Road in Gibsonton
The county site at TPepin's Hospitality Centre will be undertaking second-dose operations.
There are two steps to make an appointment. First, create an account at patientportalfl.com. Then, choose from available appointments for the first dose. The system will automatically assign a date and time for the second dose. If there are no first dose appointments available, keep checking back.
Regarding vaccinations for 16- and 17-year-olds
- A parent or legal guardian must complete the online consent form on the registration portal when making an appointment for a 16- or 17-year-old to be vaccinated at a County site.
- Without a completed consent form, the vaccine will not be administered to the minor.
- A parent or legal guardian must also be present at the time the minor receives the vaccine.
There is no out-of-pocket cost to be vaccinated. A doctor’s note or prescription is not required. Health insurance information is being collected in accordance with federal guidance; however, you will not be asked to pay a copay or deductible. Individuals who do not have health insurance will still be vaccinated.
The Department of Health - Hillsborough County said as it receives sufficient supplies and is able to announce detailed distribution plans, updates will be posted at HCFLGov.net/Vaccine.
Federal vaccination site:
Federal vaccine sites in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville opened March 3 as part of a partnership with FEMA, the Department of Defense, and state health offices. The Tampa location is at the old greyhound race track on East Waters Avenue.
The federal site is vaccinating:
- Priority group age 40 years old and older
- Front-line healthcare workers
- Teachers, daycare workers, and school staff of any age
Initially, the FEMA sites were slated to close on April 28, but will remain open until May 26.
The site will begin providing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday, April 6 to Floridians who have yet to be vaccinated, but will continue providing the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Appointments are encouraged but not required; patients should use the myvaccine.fl.gov site to register.
These are separate sites from the existing state- and county-run vaccine sites, but will utilize the current myvaccine.fl.gov preregistration system to schedule appointments, which are suggested but not required.
Statewide preregistration system
The state of Florida is offering a statewide registration system to help schedule COVID-19 vaccines. Residents can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by:
Private retailers offering vaccines in Florida:
These businesses are offering COVID-19 vaccines at some of their locations in Florida. They may not all follow the guidelines laid out by Gov. DeSantis. You need to register separately for an appointment with the retailer directly, separate from any state or county registration. Click on a link below for more information.
COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida:
On December 23, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Executive Order 20-315, which states: During this first phase of vaccine administration, all providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff;
- persons 65 years of age and older;
- and health care personnel with direct patient contact.
Hospitals, however, also may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
Governor DeSantis also announced that in addition to hospitals, county health departments will begin vaccinating individuals 65 and older in the coming weeks as supply permits. Each county health department will work directly with their community partners to notify the community when vaccine doses are available and will provide information about what will be needed to register for vaccination.
If you feel sick:
The Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions around the clock. Questions may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.
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